POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Lady Knights simply weren’t going to be denied their 20th win of the year.
The Point Pleasant softball team improved to 20-7 on the season on Thursday night, as the Lady Knights rolled to a 9-0 mercy rule victory over non-conference guest Meigs.
Point Pleasant scored the game’s opening run in the bottom of the first inning, as senior pitcher Karissa Cochran hit a two-out, solo home run over the center field fence.
The Lady Knights began adding on to their advantage in the second inning, as Cammy Hesson singled home Kelsie Byus and Hannah Smith with one out. With two outs in the second inning, Karissa Cochran singled home Hesson and Kelsey Price, making the PPHS lead 5-0.
On the very next at-bat Makinley Higginbotham and Lila Beattie scored on a single by Leah Cochran, who then scored on a single by freshman Tanner King.
Trailing 8-0, Meigs (17-4) earned its first hit of the game in the top of the third inning, but the next three Lady Marauders were retired in order.
MHS shut down Point Pleasant in order in the bottom of the third, and the Maroon and Gold loaded the bases with three hits in the top of the fourth. However, the Lady Knights got the strikeout they needed and escaped the inning unscathed.
After two quick outs to begin the home half of the fourth frame, Leah Cochran doubled for the hosts. PPHS pinch runner Rachel Grimm scored on a Byus single to give the Lady Knights a 9-0 advantage.
Despite a two-out double by Devyn Oliver, Meigs failed to score in the top of the fifth and Point Pleasant secured the 9-0 mercy rule win.
Karissa Cochran earned the pitching victory for PPHS, striking out one, while giving up five hits in a complete game shutout.
Meigs junior Maddison Woodyard was the losing pitcher of record, allowing six earned runs on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings of work. Morgan Lodwick pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Maroon and Gold, and she surrendered three earned runs on seven hits. Woodyard struck out two batters, while Lodwick fanned one.
Byus led the Lady Knights offensively, going 3-for-3 with one double, one run scored and one RBI. Karissa Cochran was 2-for-3 with one home run, one run scored and three RBI, Leah Cochran was 2-for-3 with one double, one run scored and two RBI, while King was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Hesson singled once, scored once and drove in two runs for the victors, while Higginbotham, Price, Beattie, Smith and Grimm each scored once.
Oliver led the Lady Marauders with one double, while Sadie Fox, Alliyah Pullins, Peyton Rowe and Danielle Morris each singled once.
PPHS finishes its regular season on Friday at Ripley, while Meigs will look to avenge an April 11 loss to Alexander on Friday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.